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Villanova 82 Rutgers 72: Quick Recap

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To say this was pretty would be an outright lie, but nevertheless Villanova was able to hold off Rutgers and get their 27th-straight win at the Pavilion.

Rutgers started off shooting the ball well, and led for a good portion of the first half.  However, Corey Fisher came of the bench for the Wildcats and hit a 3 that would give them the lead for the rest of the half.

The story early on was that Villanova was missing a lot of open looks while Rutgers shot well and controlled the pace.  Once Villanova got the lead, Rutgers made enough shots to make sure it was never extended too far.  

Overall, there were nine lead changes in a highly contested first half.  Rutgers was led by Mike Rosario who has 12 points, while Scottie Reynolds led Villanova with 11.

The second half started the same way the first ended as Rutgers stayed in the game and eventually took the lead 56-54 with about ten minutes remaining.  After the bucket, Villanova seized control and went on a 17-2 run.  That was enough for Villanova as it eventually won by 10.

Much of that run was the work of Corey Stokes, who had 14 of his 17 points in the second half, including four 3-point baskets.  Him and Fisher gave Villanova a much needed lift off the bench tonight.

The final totals had Reynolds as the Wildcats’ leading scorer with 21 points, while Rosario led the way for the Scarlet Knights with 19.

After the game Head Coach Jay Wright stressed that he was still not happy with the team’s defensive effort.  He said that they did not play well defensively for most of this game.  

Wright also told reporters that he believed that Dwayne Anderson was not yet 100%, and he hoped that a more normal schedule would get him back to where they need him.

The win for the Wildcats came on Senior Night.  Wright decided to start all four seniors before removing Frank Tchuisi after two quick fouls.

After the game Dante Cunningham, who has 12 points, said, “It’s kind of emotional in a sense, but at the end of the day you got to go out and play.”

Next up for Villanova is a trip to Syracuse on Sunday.

-David Cassilo

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